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Visitors to coastal North Carolina will most likely cross the Intracoastal Waterway during some portion of their expedition, and there's a good chance that they'll cross this massive water route multiple times. Extending all the way from the northern region of the country to the Gulf Coast, the waterway, which began as an essential trade route for shipping companies, is now more commonly used as a recreational trail for North Carolina sailors and boaters who want to explore the depth of the East Coast without straying too far from the Atlantic beaches. The Outer Banks runs parallel to the waterway, and visitors who venture inland to explore the small towns of the Inner Banks will come in contact with the waterway on a regular basis. Lined with shops, marinas, and waterfront restaurants, and busy on warm summer days with maritime traffic in the middle of a 3, mile trip, or just local boaters out for an afternoon cruise, the Intracoastal Waterway is a unique portion of the Outer Banks region, and definitely worth a visit for maritime lovers of all varieties. Nationally, the Intracoastal Waterway extends 3, miles from the heart of New York to the Gulf of Mexico facing beaches before trickling north, and is a significant portion of "America's Great Loop," an extensive waterway that literally loops from the East Coast to the Gulf of Mexico and then winds back up through the central states before hitting the Great Lakes region. Obviously, a cruise along the entirety of this waterway, which basically circles around half of the country, is an adventure best left to travelers with a few months on their hands and a love of cross-country travel.
Intracoastal Waterway ICW Chartbook Norfolk to Miami, 6th Ed.
Maps are things that few cruisers will think of until they are well underway on this trip however they are an invaluable source of information not available on charts. Maps help provide an overview of where you are, what may be just off the strip charts and longer distances more easily calculated than flipping pages of a chart book. Many of the NOAA weather reports you listen to will reference weather by counties. Do you have any idea where Cataret County is?